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A meticulously-researched and gripping novel covering swathes of history, 'Boycott' will draw the reader back to the colonial past, with resonances of today and tomorrow.
Paperback, 576 pages
Published November 6th 2013 by O'Brien Press (first published September 1st 2012)
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Feb 26, 2013 Stephen rated it it was amazing
Far more engaging than I expected from an "historical" novel. The newspaper snippets to begin each chapter really help to anchor you in the reality of the situation. But it's a really well written and moving work of fiction. I've given 5 stars as for its genre it really is that good.
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Jan 14, 2013 Louise Miller rated it liked it
A true historical novel. It is well researched with telling and poignant primary sources to really illustrate the history. I thought the use of primary sources worked well to highlight the plight of the Irish and the contemporary thoughts, feelings and attitudes of both sides. You really can tell that he knows his stuff. It is meticulously researched throughout without inhibiting upon the literary creationism of the novel.
It is a very poignant tale. The historical realism is played out nicely th
Robert Elliot
Readers may or may not be aware that the word 'boycott', which appears almost on a daily basis in the media, entered the English language when the tenants of a farm in Ireland decided to ostracize their English land agent, by name of Charles Boycott, in order to force him to lower rents. But the reason the use of the word became so widespread, was that at the time - 1880 - the story made headlines around the world. This was principally because, depending on your point of view, this was seen as a ...more
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Apr 29, 2013 Brendan O'reilly rated it it was amazing
One of the strangest aspects of Irish history is how the Great Famine of 1845-47 has been overlooked - something in the national psyche has made us - if not forget - then unwilling to think too much about.
This novel (and it is a novel, although closely following the events of those years) brings to life the awfulness of those times.
In parts harrowing and uplifting, it follows the paths taken by two brothers, whose lives are shaped in different ways by the hunger and injustice visited upon them d
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Colin Murphy is the author of The Most Famous Irish People You’ve Never Heard Of and co-author of the bestselling ‘Feckin’ collection (The O’Brien Press). His début historical novel Boycott (Brandon) was published in 2012 to great acclaim.
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